A British chiropractor has achieved his dream! As team chiropractor to Red Bull’s Formula One Racing Team, he is immersed in the fast-paced and glamorous world of motor racing, travelling the globe and providing chiropractic care to some of the legends of motor sport.
Paul (Paul Cheung – based in Leeds) qualified from a British chiropractic college in 1990. His interest in sports chiropractic started while he was a student working as an intern within the college clinic (Portsmouth):”I was in the final year at Portsmouth when a golfer came in with a back complaint. After treatment he could hit the ball further and straighter than he had before sustaining the injury. It kindled an interest and I saw first-hand what chiropractic could do”.
Before getting involved in motor racing Paul’s specialist work was within football. Since 2000 he has been the team chiropractor to Leeds United after volunteering to take a look at a player who had sustained a head injury. Leeds were so impressed with Paul’s management of the case that they retained his services and since then Paul has gone on to work with Middlesborough and Sheffield Football Clubs.
Paul’s golden opportunity came in 2007 when he was telephoned by F1 driver Mark Webber’s trainer and asked to get involved with Red Bull Racing. After two test sessions in Spain, he was invited to join the team.
There aren’t many chiropractors who have to fight their way through hoards of fans and media scrums to get to work, but on race day that’s exactly the challenge Paul faces: “On the morning of race day, Tommi (Sebastien Vettel’s trainer) and I get up to go to the hotel gym for a light training session. We then change into our team kit and have breakfast. We have a car supplied by our sponsors to take us to the track and on the way Sebastien usually stops to meet fans who have gathered to see him. It’s a very similar experience arriving here at Tettenhall Chiropractic Clinic.